Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review: Valor by Taylor Longford

Title: Valor
Author: Taylor Longford
Series: Greystone #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy/YA Romance/
Publisher: ??
Publication Date: June 12th, 2011
Edition: Kindle Edition, 155 pages
Source: Purchased
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     Think you know about gargoyles? The beautiful winged race disappeared eight hundred years ago. Their greatest enemies were the brutal harpies that people today mistake for gargoyles.
     Like all gargoyles, Valor is protective by nature. When he wakes to find a human girl in trouble, his first impulse is to help her. But the greatest risk to MacKenzie’s safety is himself. One scratch from the poisonous barbs on his knuckles and she’ll be lost to him forever.


This book was alright. 
It had a pretty good pace, it wasn't too fast paced, nor did it drag on. It was a really easy read and was written really well. The characters were pretty good, and I did like that they didn't all immediately trust the MC, but treated her with caution biased on various information about her that is revealed at also a good pace. 

I'm not a huge fan of the names of the Gargoyles. They seem to be named after their biggest personality trait or something like that. I don't know if the author wrote the character profiles first, then named them, or named them and wrote the character around their name.

This book was written rather well, and the story is pretty unique, there aren't many books out there with Gargoyles, and I wish there were more. Gargoyle mythology is really interesting.

But there is something really juvenile about the story. It was just a little too focused on the romance for my liking. I felt like this book had way more potential than the author explored with the characters and the world she set them in.

Maybe I feel like Gargoyles should be set in a darker story than this one. Something more like a Gothic tale. Where we could see the battle prowess or something. It also felt a little generic having them in a modern setting. The potential for this book was high, and it kind of just fell in the middle. It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't good enough for me to want to hunt down the second book.

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